Celebrating the UK's trailblazing women - and inspiring the next generation

The First Women Programme was created by Real Business in 2005 and brings together outstanding women from all sectors.

The programme has created an enthusiastic and dedicated network of pioneering women, who engage directly through a series of high profile First Women events, including the Awards, Winners Lunch and Summit.

Real Business is the UK's is the most-read SME website dedicated to high-growth businesses and entrepreneurs with 124,623 monthly unique visitors (ABC audit March 2015).

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Working Lunch

At the First Women Working Lunch our inspirational winners and judges gathered to set the agenda for the 2016 First Women Summit.
 

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Summit

This full day summit leveraged ten years of the First Women movement, drawing on the phenomenal network of pioneering women the Awards has created to educate, mentor and inspire.

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Awards

Founded by Real Business and the CBI. Since 2005, the awards have grown in influence and impact and enjoy the support of many of the UK’s leading firms, industry bodies and inspirational business leaders.

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First Women Exclusives

"We want to be an organisation that doesn’t need a central initiative to be championing the cause.”

Sky: Harnessing creativity by supercharging women in technology

Edging closer to its target for gender balance in the upper echelons of management, Sky is committed to developing and supporting its female executive pipeline through its Women in Leadership [...]

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"We continuously strive to create an environment where everyone feels comfortable."

A.T. Kearney: Creating value for clients through diversity

With over a third of all employees at A.T. Kearney being women, the company's diversity and inclusion values inform its global policies, employee governance and sets its consultants apart from [...]

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"SWIFt has been instrumental in helping more than 1,000 women find mentors."

Sodexo: How diversity commitments have become part of its culture

In a world where it’s been estimated that it will take 100 years to achieve gender equality, facilities management services provider Sodexo prides itself on having a culture focused on [...]

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"Unilever contributes to the economic well-being of many communities through employment, training and our value chain."

Unilever: Empowering women across its global employee and supply network

Unilever wants to empower five million women in its network by 2020. Advancement opportunities, skills development and expansion routes are some of the tools it is using to accomplish this [...]

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"We're having men take the lead in driving for a more inclusive environment."

Dell: Men confront diversity issues to effect real change 

With Dell in the middle of one of the largest ever technology deals, the company is buttressing its evolution into an IT powerhouse by prioritising talent acquisition and diversity.

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What do J.K Rowling, Victoria Pendleton and Karren Brady have in common?

Harry Potter author J.K Rowling has been named as the most inspiring living person in Britain, according to research from the Learning and Work Institute.

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